In Year 3, a number of programs received funding for Aboriginal Language Nests, which usually included elements of family literacy. As well, people reported that they were applying to other funding sources, such as the Community Literacy Projects funding or the Healthy Children Initiative through ECE, to ensure their programs had adequate funding, or to allow them to run more or longer programs.

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Outreach and support

Family literacy providers appreciated the assistance from the Literacy Council in general, and the community literacy coordinator, in particular, in the delivery of their programs. The coordinator worked with people to shape their programs. People felt comfortable calling her at any time to discuss their project, to share their successes or to problem-solve with her. People also agreed that the support of the Literacy Council staff was critical in terms of their success. One respondent noted, “I was never made to feel inadequate.” Another indicated that she would have given up without that support.

The impact of programs on families

Overwhelmingly, people were impressed by the increased numbers of books in NWT homes and communities, and the increased visibility of books. One respondent described it as a “dramatic” increase. Another respondent noted that during a girls’ club sleepover, almost every girl brought a book, something that she had never seen before.